St. Michael’s Cup Final 13 Sep, 2018

Champions regain the Saint Michael’s Cup

Reigning champions, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ completed back to back victories by winning this year’s Saint Michael’s Cup at The Pierhead Bouledrome on Thursday evening (13/9). Coming from behind, Jim Mosssman’s team, with Charles Stewart and Jeremy Fenn, overtook ‘Under the Coche’ in a tight finish to run out winners by 13 points to 10.

The crowd’s favourites and constant supporters of the competition since it started in 2012, ‘Mange Tout Rodney’ won the Plate competition. In doing so, Jon Park, plus Tim and John Swales, representing Appleyard and Trew, completed the set of the three different trophies in successive years (Cup, Spoon and now the Plate). Despite have French connections, Dorian Ennequin’s team were unable to outscore the more experienced trio.

The honour of winning the wooden ‘Spoon’ went to newcomers, The ‘Jokehars’, from Burn Bridge Table Tennis Club. This was a ‘family affair’, with the father and sons team of Rajiv, Rohan and Anish Johar. They overcame the Saint Michaels Hospiceteam, ‘Boulez Vous’, who had finally made it to a final at the 7th attempt, but were still unable to get their hands on one of the trophies!

All the trophies were presented by Neal Armstrong, Director of The Ellis Bates Group, the Club and competition sponsors.

Nigel Clay, the tournament organiser, and Chairman of Harrogate’s pétanque club said, “The event has once again raised over £500 for our local Hospice and continues to encourage and develop interest in petanque in the area. Anyone interested to take part in next year’s competition or finding out more about playing the sport can get in touch with us via the contact form on the Club’s website:



September Melee

The last melee of the season will take place on Sunday 30th September starting at 11am. We propose an open picnic (please supply your own drinks) and we are playing for the melee cup. This is only open to club members. Weather permitting of course. Hope to see you all there!

HMPC Visit to Luchon May 2018

Thanks to Nigel for organising a fantastic trip to Harrogate’s twin town. We were made to feel very welcome by Luchon’s Petanque Club and we very much enjoyed the experience of playing at the home of petanque.

We had 2 days of petanque competion with amazing 3 hour lunches. I’m not sure whether the Ricard, wine and whisky improved our games, but some people received trophies at the end!

Here are a few photos from the 2 petanque days.